Raul Julia

Raul Julia

Original Name Raul Rafael Carlos Julia y Arcelay
San Juan, San Juan Municipality, Puerto Rico, USA
Death 24 Oct 1994 (aged 54)
Manhasset, Nassau County, New York, USA
Burial Rio Piedras, San Juan Municipality, Puerto Rico, USA
Memorial ID 557 · View Source
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Actor. He is best remembered for his role as the quirky 'Gomez Addam' in "The Addams Family" (1991) and "Addams Family Values" (1993). Born and raised in San Juan, Puerto Rico, where he earned a Bachelors Degree in Drama from the University of Puerto Rico, he began his career in a local nightclub when actor Orson Bean saw him and convinced him to try acting moving to the United States for better roles. Julia then moved to Manhattan in 1964, finding work in off-Broadway shows, such as "King Lear" (1973), "Othello" (1979), and "The Three-penny Opera" (1982). He was nominated for a Tony Award for his role as Macheath in The Three-penny Opera. His off-Broadway success led him to movies, where he first appeared in "Stiletto" (1969), and other films such as "The Panic in Needle Park" (1971), "The Organization" (1971), "The Eyes of Laura Mars" (1978), "Kiss of the Spider Woman" (1985), and "Romero" (1989). A highly versatile actor, and although he never achieved super-stardom, he gained wide public acclaim for his his role of weird, eccentric millionaire Gomez Addam in the two Charles Addam comedy movies, starring opposite actress Anjelica Huston as Morticia, his wife. In 1993, he was diagnosed with cancer, but he continued to act, playing rainforest activist Chico Mendez in the television movie "The Burning Season" (1994), for which he posthumously won a Golden Globe and an Emmy Award. On October 16, 1994, he suffered a stroke in his New York apartment, and went into a coma. He died eight days later in a Manhasset, Long Island, hospital. Following his death, his body was returned to Puerto Rico, where thousands of fans attended his state funeral. For 17 years, he was the spokesman for "The Hunger Project," a foundation devoted to the elimination of world hunger. In 1990, he was awarded the Ignatius Medal by his high school, Colegio San Ignacio de Loyola High School in San Juan, for his contribution to social justice and community service.

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  • Find a Grave, database and images (https://www.findagrave.com : accessed ), memorial page for Raul Julia (9 Mar 1940–24 Oct 1994), Find a Grave Memorial no. 557, citing Buxeda Memorial Park, Rio Piedras, San Juan Municipality, Puerto Rico, USA ; Maintained by Find A Grave .